How to Add a Border to a Picture in Microsoft Word

This tutorial will show you how to add a border around a picture that you have inserted into your Microsoft Word document. We go over the steps briefly at the start of the article, then go into a bit more depth below with pictures.

  1. Open the document with the picture.
  2. Click the picture to select it.
  3. Select the Picture Format tab at the top of the window.
  4. Click the Picture Border button, then choose the desired color for the border.

Following the steps above will give you a thin border around the image in your document. Our guide continues below with pictures for each of these steps, as well as additional instructions on making the border thicker or thinner, as well as using a different border style.

How to Put a Border Around an Image in Microsoft Word for Office 365

The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application, but will also work for most other recent versions of Word as well.

Step 1: Open the document containing the image around which you wish to add the border.

Step 2: Click the picture to select it.

click the picture

Step 3: Select the Picture Format tab at the top of the window.

click the Picture Format tab

Step 4: Click the Picture Border button in the Picture Styles section of the ribbon, then choose a desired color for the picture border.

how to add a border to a picture in Microsoft Word

Step 5: Click the Picture Border button again, then choose the Weight option and select a thickness for the picture border. You can then repeat this step, selecting the Dashes option instead if you would like to change the style of the border.

customize the border style and thickness
Yield: Border around picture in Microsoft Word

How to Draw a Border Around a Picture in Microsoft Word

How to Draw a Border Around a Picture in Microsoft Word

The steps in this guide show you how to add a border to a picture that you have added to your Microsoft Word document.

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Materials

  • Microsoft Word document with a picture

Tools

  • Microsoft Word

Instructions

  1. Open the document with the picture.
  2. Click the picture to select it.
  3. Select the Picture Format tab at the top of the window.
  4. Click the Picture Border button, then choose the desired color for the border.

Notes

You can change the thickness of the border or the style of the border by choosing the Weight or Dashes option at the bottom of the Picture Border menu.

Do you need a quick way to separate different elements of your document? Find out how to draw a horizontal line in your document and quickly create a visible separator.

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